Monday, August 10, 2009

The Nine Gates to the Kingdom of Shadows

While Johnny Depp's "The Ninth Gate" didn't exactly set the box-office afire, to this day it's central prop, a horrific tome penned by the Devil himself, is much sought after by collectors. At least one run of reproductions was crafted with the help of the original artisans involved in the movie's hero props, but those copies now sell for even more than their original asking price. And, to fans, they're worth every penny.

Luckily, there's an alternative if you don't happen to have a few hundred spare dollars. Michael Haspil of Apocalyptic Productions has been kind enough to produce a detailed tutorial on creating your own copy of "The Nine Gates to the Kingdom of Shadows". He not only provides directions on physically assembling the book, but has detailed files containing both the text and the multiple engravings of the original.